OnePlus 5T Review
OnePlus 5T – 20-hour battery life, anyone?
Despite adding only one letter to last year’s OnePlus 5, the 5T feels like a new phone. The glitchy wide-angle/telephoto dual camera has been replaced, while the front gets a wider-than-widescreen 18:9 AMOLED screen reminiscent of the iPhone X.
Unlike Apple’s phone, OnePlus has left a small border at the top and bottom instead of taking a weird chunk out of the screen. The result is a phone just a fraction bigger than the OnePlus 5 with an impressively huge screen that’s sharp and vivid, though not as bright as pricier rivals. The fingerprint reader has been
6.01in 2160×1080-pixel screen • 20- and 16-megapixel rear cameras • 16-megapixel front camera • 64GB flash storage • 802.11ac Wi-Fi • Bluetooth 5 • 3G/4G • Android 7.1.1 • 156x75x7.301111 (HxWxD) • 162g
moved to the back. You can also use face recognition (but only to unlock the phone, not for payments), which works well. We missed the previous camera’s zoom, but two new wide-angle lenses give very clear pictures even in low light, plus blurred-background effect (called ‘bokeh’) and stabilized 4K video.
Android 7 (expect a free upgrade to 8 soon) runs impeccably on the eight-core Snapdragon 835 processor, which is as fast as any phone. As before the battery lasted over 20 hours in our video-playback test. There’s still no microSD card slot, but 64GB of storage will be enough for most people and a 128GB version is available for a very reasonable money extra. The only disappointment is that the 5T still isn’t waterproof.
There’s nothing quite like the 5T in this price bracket, but that’s about to change as Huawei’s Honor View 10 arrives in the UK with similar specifications.
With a great screen, good performance, top-end cameras and long battery life, the 5T is a superb buy
Huawei Honor 7X
Also an 18:9 phone, this new model is somewhat less impressive in each feature, but it is much cheaper